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Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide celebrates Chekwas Okorie at 70

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has hailed Chief Chekwas Okorie (Ojeozi Ndigbo), on his 70th birthday for all he represents, stressing that the Abia State-born political and cultural icon has “achieved greatness through a robust audacity, ingenuity, dispositional humility, political sagacity, generosity, character comeliness, physical prowess and socio-cultural etiquette.”

The apex pan Igbo socio-cultural organisation, in a statement by Dr. Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, its National Publicity Secretary, also said that as friends and well-wishers, both at home and in the Diaspora, gather to celebrate Okorie on Monday, April 10, 2023, at the BMO Event Centre, Riverplate Park, 174 Ahmadu Bello Way, Wuse 2, Abuja, they would be celebrating a visionary, a man who has weathered several storms and remained strong and a man who has, in seven decades, solid accomplishments to show off to the world.

The statement, for instance, noted that he founded three national political parties – the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), United Progressive Party (UPP) and Peoples’ Democratic Congress and before these, “in his 30s founded the popular Nzuko Imo Na Abia in Enugu and served as the President- General; founded the Igboezue Cultural Association which drew membership from all the nooks and crannies of Igbo Land; and in 1992 was the youngest Member of the Governing Council, Abia State University, Uturu, Abia State.”

Full text of the statement reads:

CHEKWAS-AN IGBO QUINTESSENCE
On Monday, April 10, 2023, numerous friends and well-wishers, both at home and in the Diaspora, will gather at the BMO Event Centre, Riverplate Park, 174 Ahmadu Bello Way, Wuse 2, Abuja to celebrate our illustrious son, a silent achiever and poster personality, Chief Chekwas Okorie (Ojeozi Ndigbo) on his attainment of the seventh floor in solid accomplishments; stable health, mind and spirit.  A little peep into the Chekwas life trajectory will easily reveal enormous factors that lend cause for the high profile celebration at Abuja.
We are celebrating a man who exemplifies the Invictus by William Henley: he remained unbowed in struggles, proved that he is the master of his fate and the captain of his soul. He thus distinguished himself as a resilient resourceful and astute manager, cheerful in vicissitudes with an uncommon capacity to overcome challenges. With Chekwas, it becomes discernible that the problem is not in falling but in failing to rise after falling.
We are celebrating a man who in his 30s founded the popular Nzuko Imo Na Abia in Enugu and served as the President- General; founded the Igboezue Cultural Association which drew membership from all the nooks and crannies of Igbo Land; and in 1992 was the youngest Member of the Governing Council, Abia State University, Uturu, Abia State.

We are celebrating a man who founded three national political parties; the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and lost it to the intrigues, brute machinations and bourgeois vagaries of Nigerian politics; founded the United Progressive Party (UPP) and was the presidential candidate of the party with Mr. Bello Umar as his running mate; founded the Peoples’ Democratic Congress and was the Secretary General of the party.
We are celebrating a man who has contested and won some elections and where he lost votes, he won the deep emotional attachments of most men and women.
In business circles, he was the Founder and Chairman, Chel Water Nigeria Ltd; among others. Professor Chinua Achebe in Things Fall Apart states that when child washes clean his hands, he can dine with elders. Thus Chekwas was the youngest to be admitted into the Ime-Obi Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide; and sat with the likes of Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Justice Eze Ozobu, Professor Godwin Odenigwe, Chief Dr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, among others.
We are celebrating a poster personality whose life trajectory serves as an inspiration to both the present day youths and the elderly. It was William Shakespeare who stated that some persons achieve greatness while some others have greatness thrust upon them. Chekwas Okorie remains an Igbo quintessence because he achieved greatness through a robust audacity, ingenuity, dispositional humility, political sagacity, generosity, character comeliness, physical prowess and socio-cultural etiquette.
On behalf of all the organs of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide we wish Ojeozi Ndigbo many more fruitful years in good health and prosperity.
Dr. Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, National Publicity Secretary, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide.

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